‘Homophobia witin the Terraces’ is an exclusive documentary programme for talkSPORT’s midday show, ‘Hawksbee & Jacobs‘. The show explores more in-depth of the subjects they are discussing in comparison to their colleagues at the radio station. Homophobia is an issue that never seems to leave the sport. This documentary programme will specifically focus on the behaviour of homophobic football supporters and what is being done to stop them.
The short documentary aims to inform the audience of all the work that happens behind the scenes to remove homophobia from the so called “beautiful game”. Inside the project, I speak with major figures within the football community that are trying their hardest to make football a clean sport. The documentary will listen to their perspectives of the issue they are currently fighting whilst explaining what their roles are within the community.
It may have taken me four months to complete, but the interviews I secured are worth it. I spoke with the man who put LGBT supporter groups on the map and the woman who put the new laws in action for homophobic behaviour within a football ground. An AFC Bournemouth club official also shared his insight with me regarding the issue and how major clubs in England are dealing with this.
Since 2013, many football clubs’s supporters have established LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transsexual) groups to combat homophobia within the football ground. Arsenal were the first fan base in the United Kingdom to create their own supporters group to bring a section of their fans together. As five years have now passed, there are more than thirty LGBT groups within England’s four major divisions, uniting together to eliminate homophobic behaviour in the terraces.
The public, and the media often raise the topic of football players not “coming out” as gay during their career, but seem to forget, or perhaps ignore, the key role that football fans have on a footballers reputation. Once fans begin chanting abuse at an individual, it will shatter their confidence and make them feel uncomfortable doing their job. The media needs to understand that football players just want to do their job, and leave their personal life off the pitch.
During the making of this documentary, I have been noting down everything I’ve done in the last four months of this project on a production blog. The blog contains videos, audio soundbites, a survey as well as statistics. Please check it out below!
Enjoy the documentary and hopefully it will open your eyes to see how much goes on behind closed doors to make football great again.